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and there could be more on the way. >> the sun is picking up in its activity, and we have a lot more of these events to look at. >> reporter: mission control monitored the storm and decided it was really no threat to astronauts on the international space station. the crew on the orbiting outpost have a front row seat for the best auroras triggered by these geomagnetic storms. gina sunseri, abc news, houston. >> we'll get to paula's favorite story of the day now. los angeles could soon lose its status as the nation's porn capital. >> i wouldn't know anything about that. okay? >> mm-hmm. >> an ordinance going into effect as early as this week says actors in adult movies are required to wear protection to protect them from hiv and other sexually transmitted diseases. but porn filmmakers say the regulation is just too restrictive and they are considering moving their business. and where would they move it to? >> we all know they like to change positions. so we'll see. here's a look at your forecast
on this wednesday morning -- >> you had to go there. >> always. always. >> that was actually tame. >> i love the overnights. i could have gone much worse, trust me. if this was hbo. whoo. stormy with hail and isolated tornadoes around corpus christi, houston, and shreveport. rain and thunderstorms from dallas to little rock and nashville. some late-day showers from louisville to cincinnati. snow in the cascades and some rain from seattle to northern salty.a. kansas city gets up to 49 in chicago, 37. 40s from boston to baltimore. >> wondering why you're crumpling paper underneath the desk. >> don't worry about it. >> it's something dirty. we all know soldiers risk their lives on the front lines. but for the chinese preparing for the battlefield is apparently just as dangerous. >> check out this death-defying game of hot potato. but that's no potato. the chinese military is training with a live grenade. >> oh! >> the soldiers managed to toss
it into a sand pit and take cover just in time. are you kidding me? >> whoa. that's coordination. everyone escaped unharmed. so they get to do it over and over again. hot potato with a live grenade. are you kidding me? but they're well coordinated. >> that's crazy. >> hey, man, the few, the proud, pthee ♪ boom, boom, boom ♪ let me get in there ♪ boom, boom, boom ♪ gotta get that ♪
welcome back, everybody. actress halle berry and her ex-boyfriend will be back in court next week. it's all part of a pretty nasty custody battle over their daughter. >> at an emergency hearing yesterday berry claimed that gabriel aubry is dangerous and her nanny filed a restraining order against them. darsha phillips of kabc reports. >> what happened in report today? >> reporter: gabriel aubry, halle berry's former boyfriend and father to their daughter said nothing as he left court.
a source close to the case says aubry is being investigated for criminal battery and child endangerment after he allegedly pushed his daughter's nanny while she was holding the 3-year-old in her arms. >> do you have anything to say about these allegations? >> reporter: eyewitness news has learned that berry took aubry to court demanding the judge to prohibit aubry from seeing their daughter nahla. both sides, however, say nothing was decided in court. >> i can't speak about the case. but i can say that halle is very pleased that the judge considered everything carefully and is looking forward to having the case fully heard and decided next week. >> what happened in court today? >> nothing. >> were there allegations -- will he still be able to see his daughter? >> yes. >> reporter: nahla's nanny, alliance kamdem, filed a restraining order against aubry, saying she feared his aggressive behavior. in a sworn statement she says aubry assaulted her in june 2011. she says, "i was at the door to
his apartment putting my shoes on and he violently pushed me out the door before i could even finish putting with my shoes. he then slammed the door in my face." berry and aubry split in 2010, launching a bitter legal battle that ended last year with shared custody of their child. both aubry and berry were ordered by the court to have a nanny. in the most recent incident kamdem says "mr. aubry pushed me while still had nalla in my arms against both shoulders with both of his hands. mr. aubry is 6'2", and i'm 5'3". i was thrown into the wall behind me while still holding nahla. i was terrified." >> now, the judge in that case did not grant the restraining order she was seeking. called the petition insufficient and speculative and said look, take this matter to family court. just always a shame things get that messy, particularly when there's a kid involved. >> she's hot. no denying that. but she's got a little something in her. >> all right. call her, halle, not me.
♪ it's a nice day for a white wedding ♪ ♪ white wedding we're going to dance to that at your wedding when you get married. your wedding day's supposed to be one of the most special of your entire life. so special that it's too much to resist for some young ladies that you are about to meet. >> they have their big day all planned out already, even though they haven't found one important part, the groom. as abc's andrea canning tells us, they're now being called single bridezillas. ♪ >> reporter: the wedding fairy tale is supposed to play out like this. >> will you marry me? >> will you marry me? >> yes! >> i feel like a princess.
>> i do. ♪ >> reporter: but some women are now doing things, well, a little backwards. >> from my years of planning. >> reporter: this woman admits she's had a wedding obsession since she was a little girl. now at 26-year-old owes the writer from philadelphia has only been dating her new man, ricardo, for a month. she doesn't even actually call him her boyfriend yet but already has two wedding dresses ready to go just in case. >> come on out. wow. >> this is my grandmother's dress. it's from the 1940s. it's really heavy, and it's got this long train, which i love. >> you have another dress. >> i do, yes. >> you want to show us that one? >> sure. sure. >> that's really beautiful. >> so this is the second dress. >> and this cost you how much? >> $12. >> reporter: the planning now for the future fantasy wedding includes floral arrangements, veils, centerpieces, stacks of bridal magazines, dress sketches. >> this is my wonderful folder of past wedding stuff. >> invitations, music,
bridesmaids, flowers and cake. so these are ideas or -- >> yeah. >> reporter: 23-year-old sarah bush has been dating travis archer for two years. >> i love you. >> i love you too. >> reporter: no proposal yet. but she does have online inspiration boards to help plan the big day that, well, doesn't exactly exist yet. >> i have my wedding invitations that i have picked out. they are very cute. i have two different catering companies picked out. >> reporter: maura urshel, owner of the famous bridal boutique kleinfeld's, says putting the cart too far before the horse can be a foolish position. >> attitudes change. weight changes. styles change. so to do that way ahead of your wedding date is a very difficult thing and maybe very foolhardy and expensive. ♪ >> reporter: but both of these daydreamers make no excuses. >> i've been planning my wedding since i was old enough to, you know, know what weddings were. >> i've made myself a promise that for every hour i spend wedding planning that i'm going
to spend an equal amount of time actually working toward the marriage. >> hey, heads up, ladies. the only thing less attractive than a clingy woman is a desperate one. no one likes that. calm down. don't do what paula did. she would walk in the subway like that just looking for a man. >> like my strapless dress? >> so sad. so sad. ? >> so sad. so sad. f us want to hear we've done a good job caring for our mouths. that's why there's a rinse like crest pro-health multi-protection. it helps you get a better dental check-up. so be ready for your next dental check-up. try any crest pro-health rinse.
>> announc"world news now" >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." it's going to be a good papers this morning. of course it is super bowl time in two weeks from now. giants and pats doing battle up at indianapolis. so the reason paula's stuffing her face yet again this morning is because some numbers are out on exactly how many chicken wings we will consume with the big game. apparently, we will eat, americans, 1.25 billion chicken wings. that's 100 million pounds. that's according to a new report by the national chicken council. and they say that prices always go up for chicken wings in the
fourth quarter of the year because all the restaurants around the country are stocking up on these chicken wings. and you say you love them, even though they're cold -- >> like i said, i don't turn down anything but my collar. i could use some twinkies to wash these down. >> you told me that when you first started. >> i love to eat. >> you proved that to be true. >> i don't like liver. i don't like lima beans. and i don't like venison. but i like everything else. do i have any blue cheese on my face? >> no. that would be bad. speaking of this next story, it's about your boss. and did you know that if you want to get your boss something, maybe to cheer him up -- this reminds me of the movie "office space" a little bit. >> him or her. >> yeah. you have to come in to work tomorrow. him or her. you might want to get them a gym membership or something -- >> a trainer. >> -- along the lines of athletics because this new study says that supervisors were stressed, their subordinates
felt more victimized, however, analysis showed that when supervisors experienced stress but engaged in exercise their subordinates reported lower levels of abusive supervision. and i don't like abusive supervision. >> we have a lot of abusive bosses at abc. we're going to give them all some gym memberships. >> and some hicigs. >> that's right. eat some chicken and work it >> that's right. eat some chicken and work it off. the average worker in america spends $500 more a month on lunch and coffee than they do on computing. that's according to a new study. half the workforce in america spends an average of 1,000 bucks a year just on their cup of joe. isn't that crazy? they say younger employees and men spend the most satisfying their thirst for caffeine. so apparently men are the big caffeine drinkers. >> i spend more on chicken wings than any of that stuff. >> we're very fancy at abc. we have our free tea bags in the -- do you like tea bags? tea? >> yes. >> good. good. that's a lot of money we spend to stay caffeinated. we spend half a billion just on this show staying up. >> so an oxford study says male warrior behavior is the root of all conflicts. they say the violence of the world boils down to just one thing, the male sex drive, we
this morning on "world news the st this morning on "world news now," the state of our union. president obama lays out his economic blueprint for the future of our country. >> he is calling on congress to help him with that plan and restore the american dream. but will they buy it? it's wednesday january 25th. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. last night in front of a joint session of congress and millions of americans at home president obama laid out what he calls his blueprint for an america built to last. he got 37 standing ovations from
democrats. republicans said they felt like he was lecturing them. we'll go live to capitol hill in a moment for more on the president's address. again, 37 standing os. and we were counting all of them. >> yes. people love to count those standing os. but a very interesting message last night. the president, kind of fairness seemed to be one of the central themes there in terms of people having a fair share, getting a fair shot, all of us playing by the same rules there. so it was kind of laying out an agenda but also rebutting some of the gop attacks he's facing as the primary race goes on. >> but they went a little defensive, too, the republicans in congress. >> their pre-buttal in just a second. also the common household chemical that could prevent your kids' vaccines from actually working. from items like pots and pans, even pizza boxes into your children's bodies. scary story there. >> that's a little disturbing. and later, the oscar goes to -- that's what we'll be soon hearing. now that the nominations for the 84th academy awards have been
announced, we look at all the nominees and the snubs coming up on "world news now." >> interesting slate of nominations this year. one of the snubs, leo dicaprio not getting a nod for "j. edgar," which is kind of interesting. "the help" did well. and "bridesmaids" even snuck in there for screenplay and best supporting actress nod. president obama hits the road today trying to sell his version of economic recovery in cedar rapids, phoenix, and las vegas. >> mr. obama laid out his vision during the state of the union last night. so was the president persuasive? nbc's karen travers joins us live this morning from capitol hill. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, paula. good morning, rob. last night president obama declared that washington is broken. and he called for a bipartisan effort to keep the economy growing. but rob and paula, before he even got to his address there was a rare moment of unity. democrats and republicans may not agree on the policies
president obama laid out in his state of the union. but before the address began, a poignant moment drew thunderous bipartisan applause. as the president walked into the house chamber, he shared a long hug with congresswoman gabrielle giffords, who will step down from office to focus on her recovery after last year's shooting. then the president got down to business. >> we can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot. >> he laid out his road map for how to get there. >> an economy built on american manufacturing, american energy, skills for american workers, and renewal of american values. >> reporter: the speech centered around a call for economic fairness, an america where everyone pays their fair share. but in mr. obama's view the rich pay more. >> if you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30% in taxes. >> reporter: for months the president has railed against
what he calls a do-nothing congress. he said lawmakers cannot stand in the way of the economy's momentum. >> and i will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place. >> reporter: republicans said it was more of the same failed partisan politics from the president. >> we do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots. we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves. >> reporter: the president-paid his sales pitch for his re-election, and he was speaking in front of congress. but rob and paula, that message was clearly aimed at the independent voters that he is going to need if he wants to win a second term. >> they are indeed critical. and we heard a lot of the similar themes we've heard from the president's first three years. education, trade, regulation, immigration reform, health care. we heard all those things again. so we had the big blueprint mapped out for us again.
but where do things really go from here? especially in an election year. >> reporter: mm-hmm. that's a very good point. basically, nowhere. there is so much difficulty to try to get anything done in washington. there's really no bipartisan effort to get anything, let alone some of these broader proposals that the president wanted to get into tonight. the president is literally going to take his message on the road. tomorrow he'll hit battleground states over the next three days, trying to appeal directly to voters. as we said, he was speaking to congressmen tonight, but this really wasn't meant to hear -- for congress to hear. he really wants to get this message out to voters. and he's going to see if he can do this in very critical battleground states. >> all right. abc's karen travers live from capitol hill. thanks for joining us this morning. >> and we should also mention the republican response. indiana governor mitch daniels delivered that last night. basically kind of as always, kind of refuted everything the president put out there, said look, the union is not getting stronger, there's tough economic signs out thereby, it's been a
business-unfriendly administration, too many regulations, pro-poverty policies like killing that keystone pipeline, calling it the big government, and he says the obama administration wants to serve -- wants to supervise, not serve the people. interesting line from that rebuttal. >> that was interesting. abc news fact checks everything that the president said, the numbers about how many jobs were destroyed before he even got into office. that was off. he said four, and it was actually 3.37 mill. and the number of jobs that he's created, he said in 22 months 3 million. it's more like 2.056, according to abc news fact check. fact checking. just to know. we can skew all the numbers all the want. >> some of the numbers are obviously a little bit off, but there are encouraging economic signs and out of a deep hole we've got to be thankful for incremental progress. we didn't get there overnight, we won't get out. yes. president obama's top two republican challengers reacted to the speech even before it was delivered. mott romney predicted that the president would use his speech as a re-election tool. >> and speaking to a crowd in florida, newt gingrich joked that the president doesn't seem to operate on the same planet as the rest of us. the gop hopefuls not wasting any time jumping on that speech. as karen travers mentioned earlier, representative gabby giffords formally resigns from
congress today. giffords got a huge show of love and support from the president as well as her capitol hill colleagues at the state of the union. today the arizona democrat votes on a drug-smuggling crackdown bill that she introduced. she will then submit resignation letters to house speaker john boehner and arizona governor jan brewer, promising she will recover and she will return. >> certainly a moment of unity there when she walked in. but interesting too, the president did not mention her directly in the speech. interesting. because she was there. >> probably an oversight. >> yeah. interesting he didn't directly engage her in that way. but a bear hug. >> we could all use a bear hug. later. >> we'll do it later. the scandal that ended his career did nothing to stop tens of thousands of mourners from descending on the penn state campus to pay their respects to coach legend joe paterno in the line of people waiting to file past paterno's casket stretched more than a quarter mile long. in an interview with espn paterno's son jay says the family is moved by the huge outpouring of support. he also talked about what he
might say to his dad if he just had one more chance. >> it would be you did an amazing job. there was nothing left for you to do. and it's okay now. we're going to be all right. you've trained us right. you've readied us for the challenges ahead of us in our life. but that said, i was walking my dog monday morning, and the stadium lights were on, and it was still dark. and from my house i could see the stadium. and that light was just glowing across the heavens. and you know what? i said to myself, i will never lose joe's light in my life. >> well said. another public viewing takes place this morning there on the campus. and then paterno will be buried in a private service this afternoon. well, we've had a couple of stories of babies who couldn't wait. one born on a commuter train right here in new york. now from texas a little one who made her first appearance in the
family car, and daddy captured it all on tape. here's jonathan betts of our dallas station wfaa. >> reporter: life's journey is full of surprises. few bigger than little willow's arrival. not in a hospital -- >> oh! >> reporter: -- but on the highway. every intimate detail captured on camera. >> i didn't expect it at all. and it was different. >> reporter: the couple was racing down a lonely stretch of highway 287 to a birthing center. [ baby crying ] when little willow arrived almost effortlessly, just 15 minutes into a 45-minute drive. >> by the time my water broke, i pushed once and she was out. i felt pretty good. and i didn't think it was going to happen that fast. >> she says that she's -- >> reporter: her husband, to his credit, was determined to capture the special moment. >> the first thing i do is i whip this out and i get it. >> reporter: he kept one hand on the wheel and the other holding that camera. >> i just kept making sure the frame was good and that i was staying on the road. >> reporter: his wife, a mansfield elementary teacher,
even unwrapped the umbilical cord from around her new daughter's neck and insisted, keep driving. >> i just had a baby in the car. >> reporter: as she shared the news. >> i went into shock immediately, of course. and called my sister because i said i need you. >> reporter: the couple's now posted the video online. >> do i need to do anything special? >> reporter: proud they can always treasure that moment and that ford compact where willow's life began. >> it has to be her first vehicle so she can tell everybody, hey, i was born right there. >> i'm just amazed that some women have such amazingly easy deliveries. >> was yours not? you sound like you're jealous. >> no. i'm still recovering from both of mine, and it's been two and four years. no, but we've seen babies born in an elevator, train, bathroom, library, mcdonald's, and an airplane. >> you can have a baby anywhere. >> i'm going to have my next baby right here on set. >> just save it for sweeps. help the ratings out a little bit. >> and you can help deliver. >> i don't want to see any of that. i have no interest.
typical guy. >> good day to have a baby. here's your wednesday weather. rain from seattle to northern california. snow in the cascades. severe storms from corpus christi to baton rouge. heavy rain from dallas to brownsville. thunderstorms around little rock, memphis, and nashville. late-day showers from louisville to cincinnati. >> louisville. that's right. >> like you have marbles in your mouth. >> 40s in the northeast. say it like the natives. 65 atlanta. 81 down 234 miami. dallas 57. omaha 40. minneapolis 34. 68 in phoenix. 51 in salt lake city. well, some officials here in new york are red in the face after an error that should get them an f in spelling. >> this is an embarrassing story. a school crossing sign right in front of a school here in manhattan, a high school in fact. it was misspelled, and apparently went unnoticed for months. but neither the school nor the city is taking blame for painting the letters s-h-c-o-o-l. they say it's the power
company's fault because workers repainted that sign incorrectly after repairing the road. >> the city is promising to correct the embarrassing error a.s.p.a. i mean a.s.a.p. i love going to shcool personally. i think it's cool. >> the president talked about education last night. there's some proof. >> edumacation? >> we'll be back with more after this. ♪ school days ♪ school days ♪ school days we know a place where tossing and turning
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i can't it t i can't wait till you have kids so you can empathize with stories like the next one we're going to do. >> i can wait. >> welcome back. like all mothers i'm going to do whatever it takes to keep my kid safe from just about anything i think can be dangerous, including rob nelson. but sometimes with kids we moms can only do so much. >> that's the case with some chemicals called pfcs which are pretty much unavoidable in our daily lives these days. abc's dr. tim johnson tells us there is new evidence now about their impact on children. >> reporter: pfcs are manmade chemicals found in everything from cookware and pizza boxes to plastic bags and stain-resistant carpet. the chemicals find their way into the food chain and into our bodies.
they can also be passed to children in breast milk. now a study in the "journal of the american medical association" associates elevated pfc levels with weakening the effectiveness of routine childhood vaccines. blood samples from expectant mothers were tested for pfc levels, which were checked against their children's immune function at age 5. mothers with elevated pfc levels had children whose diphtheria vaccinations were 39% less effective. the children were also tested for pfc levels in their blood. those with higher levels had a higher risk of a deficient immune response after tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations. i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> interesting. >> i hate to see the kids getting shots. it's painful. >> but it's for their benefit.
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>> reporter: as painful as the video is to watch, the father of this teen, raymond palomino, seen here allegedly stomping, punching, and slamming another boy to the ground along with six other teens, says it was especially gut-wrenching for him because of the decision he was forced to make after he saw it. >> i had to call the 911. >> reporter: that's right. he called the police on his own 17-year-old son, who was then arrested. >> i did what was right as a parent. >> reporter: all of the thatta tackers in the january 15th beating covered their faces with hoods or masks except palomino. when the video was posted on youtube, close to half a million people watched. among them, relatives, who then called his dad, a sheriff's deputy of 30 years. >> i've in law enforcement myself. so the right thing was is to turn him in. >> reporter: and while he still doesn't regret his decision, now he's worried the consequences of his son's actions are too harsh. of the other teens involved, a 15-year-old girl, two 16-year-old boys, and three 15-year-old boys, raymond is the
only one in jail. and he's also the only one being charged as an adult. >> he doesn't have a criminal background. that's the only thing i don't understand. >> reporter: he's being held on a $100,000 bond. and his dad, a single father, can't afford to bail him out. >> they're making him look like he's the aggressor throughout the whole video. and he's not. he's 17. they're trying to make an example out of him. >> reporter: even though the victim managed to walk away with a bloody nose and lots of cuts and bruises, police say there is zero tolerance for this. >> this was very clearly mob-type behavior. they, you know, get a lot of courage when it's six or seven beating up one person. and you know, this just isn't tolerable. >> reporter: even though his son is now facing possible jail time, palomino maintains -- >> i don't regret turning him in. it's just that what he did was wrong and now he's got to suffer the consequences. >> god bless that dad.
>> amen. >> you know, absolutely. and you've got to teach them -- the reason his son is facing a little stricter law enforcement in all this is because he is 17. the other kids involved were a little bit younger. so you know, hats off to that dad. you've got to teach the kid. >> you know. and it makes you wonder if you had kids would i do that? got to. where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta can help you get there, like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache,
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[ sponge ] so it's not a chore. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ huge ratings for that nfc championship game. good to see that. >> can we get a hip hip hooray for -- >> hollywood. >> you can see the oscars handed out right here on abc on sunday february 26th. >> as you can imagine, there is plenty of buzz about who was nominated and who was not. for the details now we're joined from l.a. by abc's diana alvear. good morning, diana. >> reporter: rob and paula, good
morning. who would have expected "hugo" to lead the nominations with 11 total? closely followed by a silent film. but perhaps the nicest surprise of all, there are nine first-time nominees in the acting categories. if there's a theme at this year's academy awards, it's hollywood heavyweights versus lots of fresh faces. take best actor. george clooney and brad pitt have been here before. unlike jean dujardin and gary oldman. perennial oscar darling meryl streep earned her 14th best actress nomination for "the iron lady." but don't call her the golden lady just yet. her former co-star, "the then's" viola davis, is heavily favored. >> to me i am not in competition with meryl streep. i'm standing side by side with miss meryl streep. >> reporter: "the beginners'" christopher plummer is up for best supporting actor.
he'll have to dodge what could be a home run for "moneyball's" jonah hill. newcomers have been most welcome in the best supporting actress comedy. "bridesmaids'" melissa mccarthy faces off with not one but two stars from "the help," jessica chastain and octavia spencer. as for best picture, the race is on, with "hugo" leading the way. ♪ that is, if "the artist" doesn't swing the win. rounding out the category, "war horse," "moneyball," "the descendants," "the tree of life," "midnight in paris," "the help," and "extremely loud and incredibly close." of course there were some snubs. michael fassbender for "shame." leonardo dicaprio for "j. edgar." and director david fincher all shut out. and here's a fun fact. this will be the fourth time meryl streep and glenn close go head to head in the best actress category. in the previous three match-ups neither of them won. and so far streep has two oscars. close, zero. rob, paula, back to you.
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this morning on "world news now" -- blueprint for america. this morning on "world news now" -- blueprint for america. president obama says the state of our union is "getting stronger." >> but he says if we're going to reclaim the american dream we first need economic fairness for all. what do republicans think? it's wednesday january 25th. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. president obama was interrupted 83 times for a good reason, by applause in his state of the union. in that address, which was also an argument for a second term, the president said it's not
democratic values or republican values that we need to focus on as a country but american values. we have much more on his speech and the republican response in just a moment. >> you can tell from the speech and from that rebuttal, too, very different visions for the future of america, as always. so interesting to get into that in just a second. also this morning, it's been one year since the arab spring spread through tahrir square and throughout all of egypt. we'll take a look back at the start of the uprising, and with major protests planned for today talk about where the revolution goes from here. hard to believe it's been a year, and what that spawned around the world. it's just been incredible to watch. and later this half hour, breaking news out of hollywood. we have learned actress demi moore was rushed to the hospital and is now seeking treatment. so did her upcoming divorce play a role in her hospitalization? >> been a tough few months for her. we certainly wish her the best. and we'll have some details on that coming up. but of course, first he made the sales pitch, and now president obama will try to close the deal with voters. he will start later today at a
stop in the battleground state of iowa. then it's on to the states in arizona and nevada as well. >> the president presented an ambitious agenda to boost the economy and to fix the tax structure. abc's mary bruce is joining us from washington with more. hi, mary. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. president obama addressed a bitterly divided congress last night. but before he could get to politics, a moment that drew warm applause from both sides of the aisle. as the president worked his way to the podium, there she was. gabby giffords. returning to the house chamber one last time before resigning to focus on her recovery from last year's shooting. then it was on to the task at hand. in his election year address the president cast himself as a defender of the middle class and set the tone for his 2012 campaign. >> we can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of americans barely get by. or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot. >> reporter: at the heart of the president's agenda, economic fairness. a vision of america where
everyone pays their fair share, including the most wealthy. >> you can call this class warfare all you want. but asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? most americans would call that common sense. >> reporter: speaking to lawmakers stalled in gridlock, the president warned his political opponents that he will not let them stand in the way of economic progress. >> i intend to fight obstruction with action. and i will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place. >> reporter: today the president will hit the road to take his message directly to the american public, visiting five swing states in just three days. rob and paula? >> thank you, mary. >> well, republicans have signaled they are not likely to go along with many of the proposals by president obama. >> indiana governor mitch daniels, who gave the official gop response after the state of the union, said mr. obama has engaged in another effort to divide americans to curry favor with some by castigating others. >> republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity
and capacity of the individual citizen, who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them, who trust americans enough to tell them the plain truth about the fix we are in and to lay before them a specific credible program of change big enough to meet the emergency we are facing. >> even before the president spoke, republicans in the capitol and on the campaign trail accused him of three years of higher spending, bigger government, and tax increases here. and the theme that we've seen for the last several months here is very interesting because through the bush tax cut debate, through the debate about the debt ceilings, all about this issue of what the wealthy should contribute in terms of taxes. both parties agree there are severe problems with the tax code. it's how you fix them exactly and what's fair that seems to be always the bone of contention. >> but what people want to hear is job creation. the lowest job rate that we've seen in this country in decades. and that's what the republicans'
rebuttal was, we didn't hear a whole lot in terms of job creation, how are we going to create jobs, all they hear is this keystone pipeline being shut down this past week, which potentially killed 20,000 jobs. i know it could come back on the table if they can figure out a new way to go through nebraska without hurting some of that territory. but -- >> and there are job creation ideas in that speech. clean energy was one of them. and so he pointed that stuff out too. but it's a central theme in this debate. it's not going to end anytime soon. but certainly you heard it again last night. also another big story right now, as president obama walked into the house chambers he pointed at defense secretary leon panetta and said, "good job tonight." now, many think that is in reference to a dramatic rescue in somalia. we're just getting details on this overnight. two relief workers, one a 32-year-old american woman, were rescued by a navy s.e.a.l. -- rescued by navy s.e.a.l.s in a dramatic helicopter raid. they were actually kidnapped by somali pirates last october. we'll have much more coming up on this on "good morning america" today. there was an exchange of gunfire apparently. some of the somalis killed in
that incident. but again, details forthcoming. big story overnight. >> but a big tip of our cap to our military for their brave efforts. job well done. >> the same night the president touted the osama bin laden killing again. the navy s.e.a.l.s back at it. well, the secret service detained an armed man near the north dallas home of former president george w. bush. agents say the unidentified man claimed he wanted to deliver a spiritual message to the former president, but they aren't saying how he got inside the gated community. the man did have a valid permit for the gun he was carrying, so they had to let him go, and they did not consider him a serious threat after they released him. >> good news there. well, mourners will have one last chance this morning to file past the casket of penn state coaching legend joe paterno before his private burial which will take place this afternoon. as abc's duarte geraldino reports, they may have to wait a very long time to pay their respects. >> reporter: the line of mourners stretched nearly a quarter of a mile to the penn state spiritual center and included students, famous athletes, community leaders who all came to pay their respects
to joe pa. his son jay described the last days with his father. >> his eyes would look up, and he'd nod, and when we were praying you'd see him mouthing the words even though he had a ventilator. >> reporter: paterno's death comes 65 days after family members say he was diagnosed with lung cancer. he spent his last moments praying with his family. the official cause of death is metastic small cell carcinoma of the lung. but his supporters believe stress was also a factor. now a little more than two months after his last day as penn state's head coach, past and current members of the team came to say good-bye. >> i think the interesting thing is the successful people that have come through this program that use his teachings every day. >> i don't agree with how anything went down. i thought it was gross. you know, to treat someone that's pretty much given his life to this university to make it better. >> it's just a very, very sad situation. i'm sure the events -- the
previous events in the fall had a huge impact on him. >> it's just sad how they did him. >> thanks. >> we will carry what joe's legacy is in all of us every day of our lives. that's something that will never die. it will never go anywhere. >> reporter: 10,000 free tickets were made available online for paterno's public service on thursday. university officials say all those tickets were taken up in less than seven minutes. duarte geraldino for abc news, new york. >> seven minutes. in other news this morning a barge rigged with a crane and other salvage equipment has now hitched to that capsized cruise ship in italy. it's almost ready to begin pumping out a half million gallons of fuel from that grounded ship. that effort likely won't begin until saturday. the discovery of another body in the wreckage has now boosted the death toll in this matter to 16. another 16 people are still missing. well, holiday sales of the iphone and ipad have helped push apple's earnings into record territory.
the company earned just over $13 billion in the last quarter of 2011. revenue was up 73% from a year ago. apple said it sold 37 million iphones in the last three months of 2011, vastly exceeding what analysts had predicted. i pushed them over the edge with mine. i finally got mine in december. >> the last one to get one. do you ever think we got in the wrong business when we hear stories like that? why couldn't one of us have founded apple? >> i think of that often. not just when we do stories like that. we're working in the middle of the night. >> well, who -- >> we love it. >> everyone loves this shift. it is once again take it or leave it. time for all you facebook users out there. including me. i'm an addict. the social networking site is ready to make its timeline layout accessible to all its 800 million users over the next few weeks. >> and pretty soon it's going to be mandatory for everyone to switch to the new profile page, which displays your facebook history in chronological order. once you make the change, you have seven days to hide whatever you want before anyone can see it. >> thank god.
>> anybody. >> i've got to get those college pictures off of there too. so far early reviews have been good. some people have already converted over. and it's a prettier layout. but some people say it's more confusing because it's harder to follow. >> confusing because it's not familiar. so it's our facebook question of the day. make sure you weigh in. >> if you can find it. >> on the internet. on your iphone or ipad. >> whatever. >> okay. here's your wednesday weather, everyone. gusty winds, heavy rain, hail, and isolated tornadoes in texas and louisiana. thunderstorms from little rock to nashville. evening showers around louisville, indianapolis, and cincinnati. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. >> a wet 46 in seattle. 62 in sacramento. near 50 in albuquerque. mostly 30s from detroit to the twin cities and fargo. 43 here in new york. 65 in atlanta. and 75 in the big easy. >> mm-hmm. now we turn to a dramatic rescue in the mountains of washington state. a man was completely buried alive after his snowmobile triggered an avalanche. >> lucky for him his friends and other snowmobilers rushed to the rescue and frantically dug him out. and the whole thing was captured
by a helmet camera. john swanson said he felt like he was stuck in concrete. that had to be frightening. >> in up to his head. look at that. swanson said he couldn't move anything and thought he would actually suffocate. but as you can see, he did not, thankfully. he was pulled to safety unharmed. >> a lesson, if you're going to do an extreme sport make sure there are others around that can help you if you are in distress. >> i second that motion, miss faris. >> so when we go skydiving, we -- >> i'll be on the ground waving at you. we'll be right back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ ♪ dig a little deeper ♪ dig a little deeper ♪ just like we had to do ♪ just like we had to do to do ♪ [ female announcer ] have you met your skin twin?
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welcome back, everybody. welcome back, everybody. believe it or not, the egyptian revolution started a year ago today. protesters taking to the streets of cairo demanding that then president hosni mubarak leave power. eventually, of course, he did. >> but before he did, thousands were killed or injured and many more arrested. for a reminder of how it all started and the government's first reaction, here's abc's alex marquardt, who was right in the middle of the action from our abc news vault. >> reporter: today the egyptian government said, enough. the crowds were beaten back. protesters punched as they were dragged away. despite the police being far more aggressive, these protesters are clearly not backing down. you can hear tear gas canisters being fired in the distance. here the protesters are breaking stones and burning tires, hoping for a showdown with the police. they didn't have to wait long.
>> watch out. watch out. >> reporter: the police moved in. our crew caught in the middle. >> get down. >> reporter: just got tear gas. they're shooting indiscriminately at anybody who's in the streets. the protesters are emboldened by tunisia and seething with anger at the 30-year rule of president hosni mubarak. "we have no dignity," this man says, "and no freedom." >> you cannot repress thousands, or tens of thousands of people. it's better to find a compromise. >> reporter: but the clashes are spreading, and compromise does not appear to be in sight. alex marquardt, abc news, cairo. >> what a fascinating year it's been since then. the president did make note of the arab spring in his speech last night, saying in reference to libya, to egypt, and also what's going on in syria last night, he said, "we will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings, men and women, christians, muslims, and jews. we will support policies that lead to strong and stable democracies and open markets
because tyranny is no match for liberty." >> and in egypt, to mark the anniversary, they said that they're going to release 1,900 people who were tried in military courts after the uprising. >> a stunning year. a transformation in that part of the world for sure. we're all witnessing it. when we come back, let's lighten the mood a little bit with a little hump day skinny. going to be a good one. >> demi moore. garth brooks. some good news. come not so much. stick around. "the skinny's" next.
♪ skinny ♪ so skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. some scary news here a little bit. >> you know who's looking skinny, a little too thin, is demi moore, and they're saying it could be because she's relapsed potentially. "new york daily news" is saying that she was rushed to a hospital late monday. she's entering rehab, sources told the "daily news." and she has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health, says her publicist. >> so the p.r. folks are saying she's just tired, maybe a little bit of stress from the pending divorce. >> tmz.com, who was the first to report the distress call and the
medics did spend over half an hour at her palatial mansion, that tmz.com is reporting that it was substance abuse. >> she did have a drug problem way back in the '80s during her brat pack days. so you hope she didn't relapse. but certainly going through a messy public divorce is tough. so you don't know what that can lead to. people cope in different ways. you just hope it all works out for her. scary, scary, scary. also, she pulled out of a movie as well. >> yes, she did. >> "lovelace." she was supposed to do "lovelace" and pulled out of that. we don't know if it's related or -- >> it has to be related. this is all speculation. >> speculation. as we say, yes. unconfirmed reports. better news here. garth brooks. of course, you may have heard he was down in this trial in oklahoma. basically, his mom passed away of cancer in '99. his argument in the case was that he gave half a million dollars to this hospital to name a woman's center after his mom there in oklahoma. the center, though, was never built. he sued back in 2009 and said look, i had a verbal agreement with this hospital to build this
women's center, it didn't come through. so yesterday the jury said you know what, we agree, and they awarded him that half million dollars back, plus $150,000 in punitive damages as well. so basically, he walks away with 650 grand. some are hoping he puts that to another charitable cause. so garth walks away a winner in oklahoma court. >> so cynthia nixon of "sex and the city" ruffling feathers. she is gay and she's ruffling feathers among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community for some comments that she made at a recent event where she was speaking to the gay community. she says, "i gave a speech, an empowerment speech to a gay audience that included the line i've been straight, i've been gay and gay is better and they tried to get me to change it because they said it implies homosexuality can be a choice, and for me it's a choice." she said "you don't get to define my gayness for me but of course the community believes you're born with it. for me she said it's a choice, don't try to change it for me." >> she jumped head first into the whole born this way debate. interesting. all right, cynthia, that's going to have some fallout. also more fallout from the paula deen diabetes scandal. her long-time publicist has
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never seen before and frankly we've never seen it before either. >> it is the work of plenty of craftsmen and over a million spiders. that's right. spiders. rebecca jones of the bbc has all of the silky details. >> reporter: it's probably not what you'd wear to nick to the shops or drop the children at school, though you'd turn plenty of heads if you did. for this cape is unique. it's taken three years to make, and more than a million spiders played a part in its creation. it's made from the thread of the golden orb spider. the female is as big as your hand and common in madagascar. >> the color that you see here is the natural color. we haven't tampered with it. we've done nothing to it. this is like the webs, if we hadn't fixed this, these would have been dispersed in the wind basically. >> reporter: to make this cape the spiders are prized from their webs first thing in the morning and clamped into special harnesses. a long, continuous golden thread is then extracted by hand. after about 20 minutes the
spiders are released unharmed back into nature. the thread is woven on looms, and the finished fabric is then embroidered by hand. it's a labor of love for all those involved. and if you're frightened of spiders, here's some advice from one of the cape's creators. >> i think if you come here you might overcome some of your fear by realizing that they also can produce beautiful things. >> reporter: and you're still a bit scared of spiders? >> i'm mortified. >> reporter: so it's hoped the cape will inspire shivers of wonder rather than fear. and while it might look like liquid gold, you can't put a price on this because there's nothing else like it anywhere in the world. rebecca jones, bbc news. >> interesting. >> ah, the wonders of nature. interesting. i bet you'd look good in that. >> no. you can see it at london's museum -- >> ah, yes. >> yellow is my color.